Bishop Kenny wrestlers and coaches celebrate their fourth consecutive 1A-District 4 team title Saturday afternoon at University Christian (Photo submitted by Paul Schloth).
By SHANNON HEATON
Northeast Florida Matmen
JACKSONVILLE — Winning the 1A-District 4 title for Bishop Kenny is now an expectation in February, not a hope or a dream.
Saturday at University Christian, the Crusaders added their fourth consecutive District 4 title to the mix, taking half of the individual weight-class championships and leading comfortably over Bolles, 204-140.5, in the team standings.
Bishop Kenny qualified 12 wrestlers to Friday’s Region 1 meet at Clay, adding two runners-up, two thirds and one fourth-place to the seven titlists.
The Bulldogs also qualified a double-digit total for regions, sending 11 out, with one champion and four additional finalists.
Bradford finished third in the eight-team tournament, with 97 points and six region qualifiers, while Wolfson was fourth with 76.5 and seven, followed by Pedro Menendez (68.5 points, five qualifiers), the host Christians (59, four), Episcopal (49.5, four) and FSDB (32, 2). Every team but one had at least one district champion.
Below follows a summary of each weight class:
106: University Christian 8th-grader and top seed Matthew Rodriquez needed to win just one match in a 3-man bracket, and he was up to the task, falling Bolles freshman Josh Bono in 3:21 for the title, the host Christians’ only one for the day. FSDB junior Christian Miranda, who’d lost 8-0 to Bono in the semis, had a walkover in the third-place match.
113: Episcopal freshman and top seed Kyle Hopkins got a bye into the semis, where he pinned Bolles freshman Dalton Posick in 1:39. Then, in the final, he was able to keep University Christian junior Daniel Porter from scoring moves, putting together a couple of his own in a 7-1 decision for the district title. Posick rallied for two pins on the back side to take third, falling Bishop Kenny’s Reilly Gentges in 5:45 in the consi semis and then Wolfson sophomore Aries Fahnbulleh in 5:18 for third place.
120: Bishop Kenny junior and top seed Jack Delaney was the Crusaders’ first champion on the day, pinning his way through the bracket. After a bye into the semis, Delaney falled Bolles’ Chase Commander in 1:03, and had to go into the third period to pick up a second fall against Pedro Menendez sophomore Robert Iglesias, in 4:48. Bradford freshman Brian Foster, who’d lost by fall to Iglesias in 1:55 in the semis, picked off two pins on consi side of the bracket, falling FSDB’s Ty Snow in 1:54 in the consi semis and then pinning Wolfson sophomore Keayon Gray in 5:32 for third.
126: Bishop Kenny junior and top seed Garrett Tirado joined Delaney atop the top of the podium. After a bye into the semis, Tirado pinned Bradford freshman Aaron Blazs in 3:15 to set up, in the finals, a rematch of a regular-season encounter with Episcopal freshman Reid Hampton. Like that one, Tirado had it go his way, taking an 8-4 decision. Bolles freshman Julian Morris, who had lost 14-2 to Hampton in the semis, came back for two pins to take third. Morris falled FSDB’s Giovanni Viruet in 26 seconds in the consi semi, then pinned Blazs in 3:45 to take third.
132: Bishop Kenny sophomore and top seed Jack Donghit needed to win just once to win the title, and that he did, falling Wolfson sophomore Gavin Carter in 5:36. Episcopal freshman Cooper Helton, who’d lost by fall in 1:41 to Carter in the semis, had a walkover in the third-place match.
138: Bishop Kenny sophomore and top seed Andrew Slade won his second title and first with the Crusaders, for a four-peat of Kenny titles. After a bye into the semis, Slade pinned his way through the bracket, falling Bolles freshman Hunter Dixon in 3:21 in the semis, then needing nearly all of the six minutes to finish off a fall against Wolfson senior Sai Hassalla, with a pin in 5:59. Pedro Menendez junior Collin Tanner, who’d lost by fall in 4:49 to Hassalla in the semis, came back to take third, with a fall in 1:44 over Episcopal’s Robert Jackson in the consi semis, then a 10-4 win over Dixon in the third-place match.
145: Bolles sophomore and top seed KJ Fagan broke the Kenny string of titles with his win, the Bulldogs’ only title on the day. Fagan got a bye into the semis, where he falled Wolfson freshman Cameron Frison in 1:01, then he pinned Bishop Kenny sophomore Joey Cusick in the final in 5:17. Bradford senior Andrew Hetler, who’d lost by fall in 3:40 to Cusick in the semis, came back for third place, with a 42-second pin over Frison.
152: Bishop Kenny senior and top seed Sid Madison gave the Crusaders their fifth title. After a bye into the semis, he needed 49 seconds to pin UC freshman John Leone there, and then shut out Bradford senior Trevor Jones, 8-0, in the final. Leone came back to finish third, pinning Bolles freshman Derrick Champine in 2:19 in the third-place match.
160: Pedro Menendez senior and top seed Max Worthington gave the Falcons their lone district title, pinning his way through the bracket. After a bye into the semis, Worthington pinned University Christian sophomore Derrick Stumph in 1:13 there, and then picked up a second fall in the finals, this time over Bolles senior Caleb Calhoun in 2:27. Stumph rallied from the loss in the semis by pinning FSDB’s Liam Von Mahr in 4:50 in the consi semi, then decisioned Bishop Kenny senior Jacob Schloth for third, 5-1.
170: Bradford junior and second seed Jesse Burch became the first non-#1 seed to win a district title Saturday at UC. After a bye into the semis, Burch pinned his way through the bracket, first fallling Bishop Kenny junior Nick Beenen in 3:49 in the semis and then pinning Bolles sophomore CJ Grimes in 1:05 in the finals. Beenen did rally back in the consi rounds to finish third, majoring Pedro Menendez’s Alex Cathcart, 8-0, in the consi semis, then decisioning Episcopal senior Christian Rickey, 4-3, in the third-place match.
182: FSDB junior and third seed Anthony Hoyt won twice over higher-seeded opponents to take the bracket. In a 3-man bracket, Hoyt’s first opponent was Bolles junior James Omlor, with Hoyt winning by fall in 4:33. Then in the final against Bishop Kenny’s Jimmy Citrano, Hoyt won again by fall, this time in 1:06, for the Dragons’ lone title. After losing to Hoyt, Omlor had a walkover in the third-place match.
195: In a two-person bracket, Bishop Kenny senior Addison Glisson won the title with a pin in 50 seconds over Pedro Menendez junior Maxwell Gailey.
220: Bradford senior and top seed Eddie McCormick picked up the Tornadoes’ second title. After a bye into the semis, McCormick pinned Wolfson junior Keethan Seay in 2:41 in the semis, then added a second fall in nearly duplicate time, as he pinned Bolles junior Mason Yost in 2:56. Bishop Kenny junior John Alexander, who’d lost by tech fall (17-1) to Yost in the semis, had two pins on the back side, first pinning Episcopal’s Freddie Dollison in 2:08 in the consi semis and then pinning Seay for third, also in 2:08.
285: Bishop Kenny junior and top seed Josiah McCallum closed out the tournament with the Crusaders’ seventh title. After a bye into the semis, McCallum pinned Pedro Menendez sophomore Carter Payne in 1:22, but needed to go a full six minutes in overcoming Wolfson junior Ronald Brunson, 2-1, for the title. Payne then took third, winning by injury-default over Bolles junior Orlando Heggs.